Thoughts on the New Year 2018

Well, here we are. 2018. I was born in 1982, so 2018 will mark the point where I have lived half my life on this side of the millennium. I also graduated from high school and turned 18 in the year 2000, so that means I will also have effectively spent half my life as an adult.

Most of that adulthood was spent in college – roughly 15 years, which is a silly amount of time. I’ll be the first to admit that. It seems now, though, that once I was able to break free of grad school, my career as a board game publisher has taken off very rapidly. Did you know that Gloomhaven is ranked the #1 board game on BoardGameGeek now? That could be a whole post to itself, but, wow, I did not ever expect that to happen so quickly read more…

Thoughts on the Old Year 2017

My favorite games of the year, made into a weird graphic

Well, this has certainly been an interesting one. It was paradoxically a year of huge accomplishments, but also I still somehow felt like a lot of the year was uneventful.

So, first of all, Gloomhaven finally delivered to first printing backers early this year and the whole situation proceeded to get a little crazy (but in a good way). There was a massive second printing Kickstarter that raised $4 million, and that is finally starting to fulfill, which has brought Gloomhaven dangerously close to the number 1 spot in the BoardGameGeek rankings. read more…

So what’s happening with Gloomhaven in retail?

I spend so much time writing updates to my Gloomhaven Kickstarter backers, I very often neglect the (hopefully) thousands of people hoping to buy Gloomhaven once it hits retail. So today I thought I’d take some time to explain what is going on with that whole situation.

We pick up our story where we left it: with a bunch of pre-orders from distributors and a bright, optimistic future in front of us. In that future, the pre-orders were supposed to deliver to distributors somewhere around August. In the present, though, it is December and Kickstarter backers are just now getting their copies. It has been a long, frustrating year. read more…

3rd Annual Cephalofair Awards for BGG Con 2017

It’s back! I don’t think I’ve done any Cephalofair Awards since last BGG Con, but that’s because BGG Con is the only convention where I seem to get the time to play lots of new games. A lot of them came out at Essen, but as we learned last time, I only got the chance to play about two new games at Essen.

BGG Con was great, by the way. My wife came with me and we had an absolutely fabulous time playing games more-or-less non-stop all weekend. Occasionally she went up the our hotel room, which was just an elevator ride away, to take a break. The proximity of the hotel room allowed use to be independent of each other, so I could go crazy and play every possible game I could, and she could play games in more moderation.

I think, overall, it was pretty much the best convention experience I’ve had read more…

My Essen Spiel 2017 Experience

So what happens when you take my last two Gen Con trips – one where I had a massive amount of games to sell to excited fans, and the other where I was a legitimate board game celebrity – roll them up together and then combine them with my previous Essen experience where I am overwhelmed and lost in a foreign land?

You get me absolutely losing my mind, pinballing from one disaster to the next, but yet somehow still having a good time and selling a lot of games in the process. Once again, I come back from Germany with very mixed feelings about the whole thing. I may have experienced some psychotic break around Saturday evening, but, looking back on it now, most of what I remember is the pleasant stuff read more…

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